The BBC will reveal the next Doctor Who is on a live show featuring past doctors, companions and some special guests on 4 August. The half an hour show will be hosted by Zoe Ball, and will air simultaneously at 7pm in the UK and 2pm Eastern Time in the US (on BBC America).
Matt Smith announced his departure from the show in June, releasing this message to fans:
“Doctor Who has been the most brilliant experience for me as an actor and a bloke, and that largely is down to the cast, crew and fans of the show. I’m incredibly grateful to all the cast and crew who work tirelessly every day, to realise all the elements of the show and deliver Doctor Who to the audience. Many of them have become good friends and I’m incredibly proud of what we have achieved over the last four years.
Having Steven Moffat as show runner write such varied, funny, mind bending and brilliant scripts has been one of the greatest and most rewarding challenges of my career. It’s been a privilege and a treat to work with Steven, he’s a good friend and will continue to shape a brilliant world for the Doctor.
The fans of Doctor Who around the world are unlike any other; they dress up, shout louder, know more about the history of the show (and speculate more about the future of the show) in a way that I’ve never seen before, your dedication is truly remarkable. Thank you so very much for supporting my incarnation of the Time Lord, number Eleven, who I might add is not done yet, I’m back for the 50th anniversary and the Christmas special!
It’s been an honour to play this part, to follow the legacy of brilliant actors, and helm the TARDIS for a spell with ‘the ginger, the nose and the impossible one’. But when ya gotta go, ya gotta go and Trenzalore calls. Thank you guys. Matt.”
The most popular guess at who the next Doctor will be is Peter Capaldi, who appeared in The Fires of Pompeii episode (this episode was also the first one to feature Karen Gillan), but we’ll have to wait and find out if this is true.
Update: Suspicions have been confirmed as Peter Capaldi was introduced as the 12th Doctor at 7.24pm (UK) and 2.24pm (USA). The Scottish actor is best-known for his role as Malcolm Tucker in the political comedy The Thick Of It. Calpaldi did say that The Doctor “certainly would not put up with any of Malcolm’s language or attitudes to the world.” But, despite this, his role as Macolm Tucker wonderfully showcased the actor’s comedic abilities, which should translate very well into the role of The Doctor. Capaldi himself has been “a life-long Doctor Who fan”.